There is a lot of writing advice out there and much of it can become very generic through oversimplification and reuse. For example, Show, Don’t Tell has almost lost its usefulness as writing advice without better elaboration.
Something I learned about recently that I think will help me with my writing is the MICE Quotient from Mary Robinette Kowal. Each of the 4 elements (milieu, inquiry, character and event) has a start, an end and specific types of conflicts related to them. Stories use one or more of these elements and are most successful and satisfying to the reader if they are nested like code. Nesting means that the first element started is the last one to be ended, the second introduced is closed second to last and so on.
I will be happy to provide a link if anyone is interested in watching her explain it.
What is a writing tip or technique you have come across that stands out above the generic?